What Is Anxiety During Pregnancy?

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Women who suffer anxiety during pregnancy don't just have normal worries about the prospect of raising a child. Their nervousness can be severe enough to prevent them from functioning in everyday life. About 10% women have anxiety during their pregnancy. Such anxiety is mainly caused by hormonal changes. The huge change in a pregnant woman's life can also play a role. Symptoms include:
  • Agitation
  • A strong and uncontrollable sense of anxiousness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Sleep problems
  • Tense muscles
Risk factors include:
  • Traumatic experiences
  • Personal history of anxiety or depression
  • Family history of anxiety
  • Excessive stress in daily life
  • Consumption of certain drugs
If you suspect you have the condition, tell your doctor. Mild cases don't need treatment, but severe ones may require medication.   Keyword: anxiety pregnancy
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